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5 February 1938 (USA) See more »
Racketeers muscle in on construction business, use inferior materials, make big profits and endanger the public safety. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Lionel Royce ... Mr. Zuto

George Houston ... Foreman Cooper

John Wray ... J. Z. Wray
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Butler ... Mr. Schlevecki (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Chief Building Inspector (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... (uncredited)
Joe Downing ... Zuto's Henchman (uncredited)
Johnny Fitzgerald ... Messenger (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Dorety's Assistant (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Police Driver (uncredited) (archive footage)
Gordon Hart ... Mr. Stone - Building Commissioner (uncredited)
Harry Holden ... John Rudolph - Building Inspector (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Mischa - Counterman (uncredited)
Leonard Penn ... Len - Police Chemist (uncredited)

Addison Richards ... Wallace Doherty - District Attorney (uncredited)
Phillip Terry ... MGM Crime Reporter (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Zuto's Henchman (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Zuto's Henchman (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Joe - Zuto's Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold S. Bucquet 
Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 14: What Price Safety!" - USA (series title)
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USA:20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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A Good One In The "Crime Does Not Pay" Series, 9 November 2013
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

Many of the shorts in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series seem slapdash and old-fashioned, even taking into consideration their age. This one, however, plays well and has a good plot. It's believable and well acted and includes several familiar faces, which is part of the fun of watching the series.

Truth be told, though, you have to be an ardent movie fan to remember the likes of Addison Richards or Ben Welden. It also helps if you can remember a time when everyone wore suits and ties and fedoras, and telephones with the receiver in two pieces. Having said that, this short has a good story and with an element of tension to go with the acting jobs, which are above the norm.

The story has to do with mob figures moving in on the construction trade, resulting in shoddy workmanship and defective material so as to make a profit - hence the title. As stated, it's better than average and so is the entertainment value.

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